MALVERN Quilters started in 1979 and is one of the longest-running quilting groups in England.

Its members range in age from 25 to over 90.

As well as being passionate about quilting and other forms of textile art, the group uses its skills to support charity.

Over the last two years Quilters has created 25 bags and two quilts for the charity Quilts for Care Leavers which was set up to provide a ‘quilted hug’ to care leavers aged between 16 and 25 as they move on to live independently.

While the quilts provide a hug, the bags are designed to carry either the quilt or other personal items.

Members are also supporting St Richard’s Hospice's ‘Waddle of Worcester’ by making items using penguin fabric.

Every two years the group holds an exhibition.

It will be held this year on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 at Colwall Village Hall, Mill Lane, Colwall.

Admission is £3.

On display will be a variety of quilts and other items produced by the group together with a sales table, retail sellers and refreshments.

One of the main features of the show is the raffle of the President’s Quilt.

It is created together by the group with all proceeds being donated to charity.

This year money will be going to Amaze which is based in Malvern.

The not-for-profit, community interest company works to find employment opportunities for those who are homeless, disadvantaged or vulnerable helping them to regain their confidence and independence.

Malvern Quilters meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7.30pm at Malvern Vale Community Centre, Swinyard Road, Malvern.

New members are always welcome and they don’t need to be experienced quilters.